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Aug 19, 2022

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Justin Thatil and Erica Menendez. In this episode, they are discussing the fun topic of vacations and how their planning and unfolding can be done in an Agile way. Dan, Erica, and Justin highlight the importance of always keeping your goals in mind, and considering the expectations of everyone involved in the plan. Listen to this episode and find out how following different Agile Principles can help you plan and enjoy your time off!


Key Takeaways

  • Have a goal for your vacations.
    • Even if a proposed vacation looks exciting, don’t forget to check in with your goals to make sure they are aligned with the vacation plan.
    • Brainstorming ideas is a great way to find your ideal vacation destination, to later analyze the particular characteristics of each option to make sure it is congruent with the family goals.
  • The product owner role is played by the one organizing the vacation.
    • Doing the research is key to planning a successful trip that meets everyone’s expectations.
    • There might be a lot of ideas about things that want to be done on a vacation, but being realistic and selective is crucial to managing expectations.
    • Remember, flexibility is crucial, changes might be implemented at the last moment in order to make the best out of the experience.
  • What can you learn along the way as you are taking the vacations?
    • There are many learning experiences waiting to happen on your vacation plans.
    • Learning and discovering are tasks that you will embrace better after practicing them several times.
    • Remember the maturity of the tool is not the same everywhere you go. (Justin shares his own example while traveling with his wife through Puerto Rico.)
    • Experimentation is necessary in order to take the best out of each situation.
  • Your Daily Scrum can be breakfast.
    • The first mealtime of the day can be a great time for planning the activities.
  • Retrospectives can be done along the way.
    • What goes good and what goes bad can be taken into consideration for planning the next activity or vacation.
  • Don’t forget to embrace the new experience you are living with excitement.


Mentioned in this Episode:

The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, by J.J. Sutherland

Professional Coaching for Agilists: Accelerating Agile Adoption, by Damon Poole

No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home, by Jim Camp


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